How to Start a Home Based Travel Agency – Study Guide

How to Start a Home Based Travel Agency – Study Guide

Empowering Individuals to Start and Succeed as a Home Based Travel Agent for over 25 years!


Published: January 2020


Authored By: 

Tom Ogg

Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC

Andy Ogg, CTIE



How to Start a Home Based Travel Agency“ was the very first book written about this exploding business opportunity that has evolved in the travel industry over the past decades. First written in 1994, the book was considered on the fringe of the industry. Today, the book is distributed by the most professional and astute travel organizations in existence and is considered a must read for anyone looking to start a successful Travel Business.


It is written with  only one purpose; to help you start your Home-Based Travel Business with a minimum of outlay and maximum return for your investment of time and money. Nothing is left to the imagination as every detail of the start-up process is disclosed in great detail.


Chapter Outline: 

Chapter 1: The Travel Industry, Opportunity of the 21st Century

Chapter 2: A Brief History of Travel Retailing

Chapter 3: Transition from Storefront to Home Based Travel Agencies

Chapter 4: Evolution of the True Independent Contractor

Chapter 5: Developing a Business Concept

Chapter 6: Developing a Business Plan

Chapter 7: Starting a Home-Based Travel Business

Chapter 8: Setting up your Books

Chapter 9: Your Home Office for the 21st Century

Chapter 10: Your Home Office – Computer, Network and More

Chapter 11: Selecting your Host Agency

Chapter 12: Establishing your Agency Relationship with Suppliers

Chapter 13: Travel Reservations and Reference Resources

Chapter 14: Setting up your Supplier Files

Chapter 15: Developing your Marketing Plan

Chapter 16: Creating a Print and Digital Marketing Strategy

Chapter 17: Using Direct Mail

Chapter 18: Travel Advertising

Chapter 19: Travel Promotion

Chapter 20: Cold Calls, Canvasing and Telemarketing

Chapter 21: Travel Marketing Techniques for the 21st Century

Chapter 22: The Internet and the Travel industry

Chapter 23: Organizing your Marketing Files

Chapter 24: Developing your Knowledge and Skills

Chapter 25: Legal Issues and Protecting your Business

Chapter 26: Home Based Travel Agent Benefits

Chapter 27: Tax Benefits for Home Based Travel Agents

Chapter 28: Getting Connected to the Travel Industry

Chapter 29: Travel Professional Community

Chapter 30: Where do I go From Here?


“There is so much to learn as an entrepreneur in the travel industry. It’s not just about booking travel. It’s also about launching your own business and setting it up for success. That is why “How to Start a Home Based Travel Agency” is such a critical resource for those new to the industry, or making a move to an independent contractor status. It is filled with practical tips and real-world advice that can be applied immediately. We value this textbook so highly that we include it in our entry level program curriculum, the TRIPKit.”

Guida Botelho, CTIE – Director of Education for The Travel Institute


About the Authors: 

The Ogg Family has a cumulative tenure in the travel industry of over 100-years. Their experience and understanding of the Home-Based Travel Agency opportunity, combined with their enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit, make this title a must read for those looking to either start a home-based travel business or to further their success as a Travel Professional.


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If you want to maximize your learning efforts, make sure to purchase the How to Start a Home Based Travel Agency – Workbook as well.


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